KEEPS Awards Banquet Recognizes Successful School District Energy Management Programs
Highlights from the February 3, 2012, KEEPS Awards Banquet
Christian County Public Schools was one of seven districts presesented with the KEEPS Leadership Award at the KEEPS Awards Banquet. In all, 47 Kentucky school districts were recognized at the event.
It was time for school district energy management programs to shine at the KEEPS Awards Banquet, which took place at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 3. The event, which coincided with the Kentucky School Boards Association's annual conference, recognized 47 Kentucky school districts that created successful energy-saving initiatives since the KEEPS Awards and Recognition Program began in January 2011. KEEPS Stewardship, Champion and Leadership awards were presented to school district superintendents, energy managers and board members. Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters and University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering Dean Dr. Neville Pinto were the keynote speakers for the event, which drew nearly 300 guests.
"Thanks to your efforts, Kentucky has set a high standard for energy efficiency in its schools, and that standard is receiving national recognition," said Peters. "The districts being recognized tonight have developed energy management programs that realize quick savings through low-cost and no-cost energy-saving measures and that strategically address their capital-intensive facility improvements."
KEEPS introduced its Awards and Recognition Program as part of the KEEPS Energy Management Toolkit Series. The program helps school districts meet the requirements of step seven of the Energy Star energy management process - Recognize Achievements.
"The more a district invests in the seven-step process, the more likely its energy management program will realize year-over-year energy and cost savings," said KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf. To illustrate this point, Metcalf noted that 100 percent of KEEPS Leadership Award winners and 65 percent of Champion and Stewardship Award winners reduced their energy consumption over the past two fiscal years.
The event also formally introduced the 2011 KEEPS Status Report [PDF, 8.8 MB], which provides an overview of the free and non-regulatory services that KEEPS offers to school districts, summarizes program activities and achievements to date and highlights the energy use reduction of nearly 72,000 MMBtu and avoided energy costs of more than $4.5 million through best energy management practices implemented by the districts in fiscal year 2011.
"My congratulations to the award recipients and everyone in your school districts who make best energy management practices part of your district's culture and operating standards," said Pinto in his remarks to the banquet attendees. "With what your students experience through KEEPS, they are more likely to ask 'Why not?' instead of 'Why?' when it comes to energy, efficiency, renewable energy and environmental sustainability as effective, sustainable business models."